Born to Run by Mercedes Lackey and Larry Dixon

Published: 1992

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 336 pages

Setting: A large Southern city (I can’t remember which one), 1990s

Interest: I was looking for a light book to read on my Kindle while I was on my biking trip. I enjoy Lackey’s writing, so this one was worth trying out. Continue reading

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The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher

Published: 1987

Genre: fiction

Length: 530 pages

Setting: England, mostly 1980s, but also flashbacks to WWII

Interest: It was part of the BBC’s The Big Read Continue reading

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Blank Faces by M.K. Hutchins

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Published: May, 2012 in Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show

Genre: weird Western

Length: 8 pages

Setting: out West during the gold rush

Interest: It was included in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology

Summary: The narrator is a down-on-his luck prospector. Since most of the establishments in town have snipers on the roof to keep out the shiftless and poor (and he’s a prime example of that category), it’s only in Miss Annie’s shop that he can come in from the rain. Miss Annie is always polite to him, even when he’s doesn’t return the favor. When she fixes him up after he gets shot stealing from her store, he still goes back to his old ways of panning for Indian bones for the clockwork mages and stealing whenever he can.

Final thoughts: The narrator is given a chance to reform and make a fresh start when Miss Annie nurses him back to health, but he doesn’t take that opportunity. That lead to my ultimate feeling of disappointment, although I’m not sure it was disappointment in the writing, or disappointment in the narrator. I did find the face-blindness to be an interesting side effect of panning for Indian bones (which were more valuable than gold).

Title comes from: The fact that none of the prospectors could see faces because of the curse of the Indian bones they were finding and selling.

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In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce

Published: 1984

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 209 pages

Setting: mostly the capital of Tortell, soon after the events of Alanna

Interest: It’s the second book in the Song of the Lioness series Continue reading

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A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin

Published: 2000

Genre: fantasy

Length: 973 pages

Setting: Westeros, immediately following the events in A Clash of Kings.

Interest: It’s the third book in the Song of Ice and Fire series that I am rereading (and watching).
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Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Subtitle: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

Published: 2012

Genre: nonfiction travel memoir

Length: 315 pages

Setting: Californian and Oregonian sections of the Pacific Crest Trail, around 2010

Interest: It was chosen as the book club book this month

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Short Stories by Alexis A. Hunter

Title: Midnight Hour

Published: October, 2012 in Insatiable: The Magazine of Paranormal Desires

Genre: paranormal

Length: 9 pages

Setting: the seaside, present day

Interest: It was included in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology

Summary: The narrator is a ghost haunting the location of her death, a lonely stretch of rocky beach. She becomes corporeal every night between midnight and one. She meets Cole on the stretch of beach one night and is immediately attracted to him. Turns out, he was present the night of her death, and inadvertently lead to her death.

Final thoughts: Eh, this one didn’t do too much for me. The attraction the narrator felt was too immediate and intense. I also found it kind of weird that the now-grown boy is attracted to woman he got killed six years ago. I did wonder if it were possible for the narrator to get pregnant in the hour she’s corporeal, and then what would happen to the baby?

Title comes from: The time the narrator is corporeal instead of being a ghost

Title: A Reason to Linger

Published: 2012 in At Year’s End: Holiday SFF Stories

Genre: paranormal

Length: 2 pages

Setting: a ghostly bar, present day

Interest: It was included in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology

Summary: Lawrence is using all his energy to project a bar for other ghosts to visit, and he’s starting to question why. Perhaps he should just stop and follow the bright light that’s calling to him. His energy is renewed by a small child ghost who asks to stay a while.

Final thoughts: A sweet, quick story. Having a purpose to your actions always gives you more energy to keep going.

Titles comes from: The name of the bar is Linger and the child gives the narrator a reason to stay in the world longer.

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